Billie Eilish has been announced as the first headliner for the 2022 Glastonbury Festival.
The pop star first teased the news on Instagram, where she posted a photo of herself in a Glastonbury hoodie with the caption “2022.”
Later, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis confirmed the booking, calling the 20-year-old “the youngest solo headliner in our history.”
“This seems like the ideal way for us to return, and I can’t wait!”
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Eilish will also be the first female headliner since 2016 – although Taylor Swift was booked to play in 2020, before the Covid pandemic put an end to the summer festival season.
Glastonbury was also cancelled this year, although organisers staged a virtual event with artists including Coldplay, Wolf Alice and Jorja Smith.
Eilish’s first appearance at Glastonbury in 2019 was hailed as a triumph by critics.
The singer bounded around the stage in a Stella McCartney outfit as fans sang along to songs like Bad Guy, All The Good Girls Go To Hell, and You Should See Me In A Crown.
During Ocean Eyes, she sat cross-legged on stage and asked the audience to pay close attention to the performance.
“It’s fine if you want to film me, but hold the phone up to your face and look me in the eyes.”
“Because we’re right here together right now, and this is the only time we’ll ever get together.”
She didn’t have to be concerned. Around 40,000 rapt fans were watching her every move. Not bad considering her set was upgraded from the 10,000-capacity John Peel tent just weeks before the festival.
Since then, Eilish has won multiple Brit and Grammy Awards for her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go, and her follow-up, Happier Than Ever, has recently topped the charts.
The actress was in London last week for the premiere of No Time To Die, a James Bond film for which she wrote the theme song.
Eavis, who sat by the side of the stage in 2019 to watch Eilish, said she “couldn’t be happier” to welcome the star back to Worthy Farm.
The festival also released its first line-up poster for 2022… with only one name.
Eilish will be 20 years and six months old when she performs on the Pyramid stage next June, just three months younger than Mark Hamilton of Northern Irish band Ash was when they headlined in 1997.